Clovis News

Valley storm brings hail, funnel cloud, lightning

Wednesday's storm brought little rain to the Valley, but a lot of excitement, a National Weather Service spokesman said.

A funnel cloud was seen 15 miles northeast of Fresno at 11:16 a.m.

Half-inch hail was reported about two miles northeast of Clovis at 12:50 p.m., and quarter-inch hail fell four miles east of Fresno at 1:12 p.m., meteorologist Gary Sanger said.

Three lightning strikes were reported in rural south-central Tulare County between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m.

"There was no damage as far as we can tell," Sanger said.

Fresno recorded 0.13 of an inch of rainfall Wednesday.

The storm also brought some snow to the foothills and mountains, the weather service said.

About 6 inches of snow fell around 5,000 feet near Big Creek and the system dropped light snow on areas near Coarsegold at about 2,500 feet.

The forecast is for an overnight low of 41 and a high today of 60.

Skies will be cloudy, with little chance of rain in the Valley but a 40% chance of rain in the mountains.

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